Four people, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured by gunfire on Friday April 22 in Washington. Three of them, taken to hospital, are in stable condition. The fourth victim in his sixties, identified later, was treated on the spot.
“We are looking for someone worthy of interest” for the investigation, a 23-year-old man named Raymond Spencer, one of Washington’s deputy police chiefs, Stuart Emerman, told reporters. Wanted for his links to publications on social networks, he is urged to appear before the police.
“Easy access to firearms must end”
In the afternoon, after being called around 3:20 p.m. local time (7:20 p.m. GMT), a large number of members of the security forces, equipped with guns and imposing bulletproof shields, sealed off the zone, confining schools and a university. The facts took place in Van Ness, a district in the northwest of the capital, rather well-to-do and usually quiet. Many residents were quickly evacuated from the area where numerous detonations sounded, according to videos shared on social networks.
The Washington police, in the same afternoon, announced two other shootings in other districts of the capital. 226 homicides were counted in the city in 2021, a figure up 14% from 2020. “We are determined to help residents and stop gun violence”declared in front of the press the democrat mayor of the american capital Muriel Bowser. “Easy access to firearms must end. »
Friday evening, the authorities still recommended avoiding the area of the shooting which left four injured.